At 6'0 175 pounds McKie has a good frame and solid speed. Boasting a 4.54 second time in the 40 McKie gave fits to opposing defenses all season long. He talked a little about his best game of his junior season. "The game against Byrnes was clearly my best! I had 297 passing, and 53 yards rushing. Even though we lost the game 41-31 we played them to the last minute, and we had them scared the whole game." His ability to step up in big game situations was apparent all season as he also helped the Mavericks sweep the two game series against archrivals Hillcrest.
While most defenses key on McKie due to his gamebreaking abilities he shared with us the toughest defense and player he faced this year as well. "J.B. Shippy from Gaffney was the toughest player and the whole Byrnes defense was the toughest I've faced."
Asked about his own opinion of his game at this point in his career he said, "I feel my ability to evade defenders and scramble away from them are the strongest parts of my game." He also has some key areas that he plans on working intensely on over the summer to improve his game and stock. "I plan on working hard on my speed and arm strength this offseason."
Joshua made a big splash on the radar last summer as he camped at North Carolina. He opened plenty of eyes with his performance there and created a big buzz for himself. So much in fact that the Tar Heels offered him a scholarship. "Right now, my clear favorite would be North Carolina, I was offered a full-scholarship by them and I have been talking to the coaches a lot."
McKie hasn't been on many visits yet but that should change this upcoming offseason and season. He talked about his experience with the Tar Heels at length. "I have toured the North Carolina campus and been to a couple of their games. I really liked the campus and the coaching and I feel that Coach Davis and the rest of the coaches will have the program turned around."
As of right now there are some factors that are of great importance to McKie in his decision making process. "The most important factors would be the education, and coaching staff."
McKie has already started to draw some comparisons with his style of play on the field. "I look up to Vince Young and Armanti Edwards, because I like their style of play and I am usually compared to them by other people."
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Inside the Numbers...Joshua McKie
Bench press max: 280 pounds
Squat max: 370 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.54 seconds
A Closer Look At...Joshua McKie
3 favorite music artists: Before a game I like to listen to Jay-Z, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne
Favorite movie: American Gangster
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite subject in school: Any type of Math
Favorite video game: NCAA Football
Favorite football players: Vince Young, Randy Moss, Armanti Edwards, and LaDanian Tomlinson
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: I am on the choir at my school, or hang out with friends.
Dream school: Texas
Mauldin QB/WR Johsua McKie